pcm wrote:To single out Fleury for the poor performances of this team in the playoffs is pretty revisionist. Yeah, he's got bad stats, but goalie stats are very much team stats. I mean, after the Mon series, what was Shero's assessment? That the defense needed to be rebuilt, so he went out and signed M&M. The loss to Tampa? Excused, because the team couldn't score, missing its' 2 best players. And Philly? No one really blamed Fleury for that atrociousness. People blamed the team leadership.
Sure, Fleury's had a part in all of those losses. Its no doubt that replacing him with Vokoun helped settle the team down and exorcise some of those past demons. But look at last night: The team leaders lost composure again, couldn't score, and let the game slip away from them when they were only down by a goal.
As people have mentioned, if that were Fleury, people would have blamed him for letting in the 2nd goal and killling any momentum the Pens had. But no, the fault for that lies in the hands of its leaders, not the goalie.
Pretty much every hockey analyst in the world except for the experts on LGP are saying that Boston's biggest advantage in this series is goaltending, that Fleury in the net instead of Vokoun has the distinct possibility of neutralizing that advantage.
Yet we have posters here saying this is crazy talk. Like its not even worth discussion, because in their minds, they've decided to blame Fleury for all this team's past failures, instead of looking at the whole picture. God forbid anyone look at the captain's role in this.
I think everything you wrote is nullified by some of the goals he allowed earlier in the playoffs. There is zero excuse and no goaltender should receive any slack for such play. He should have been pulled as he was and what is alarming is that this keeps happening every time we're in the playoffs. He is not an elite goalie, so why are some still trying to coddle the guy. He's a 'good' goalie, that's all. I say Pens can find a better one and there is absolutely no need to try to turn an already 28-and-a-half old goalie with emotional issues into some kind of cult hero.